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meeting is adjourned. [ meeting is adjourned ] >> >> >> good morning, today is november 25, 2014, welcome to the san francisco transportation authority. my name is john avalos, the chair of the authority, and today, this meeting is being clerked by our clerk, steve, if i can get the last name. steve, stamos, thank you and, cell women to your first
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leading, clerking the transportation authority, the meeting is brought to us by the staff, and hegan and thank you for your service, steve, would you please, call the roll. >> roll call? >> avalos? >> present. >> breed. >> here. >> campos? >> absent. >> chiu. >> here. >> cohen? >> absent. >> farrell. >> absent. >> kim. >> here. mar. >> absent. tang? >> present. >> commissioner weiner. >> present. >> commissioner yee. >> present. >> we have a quorum. >> very good, and let's call the next item please? >> item two, approve the minutes of the october, 21, 2014, meeting it is an action item. questions on the minutes? >> motion to approve. >> from commissioner weiner and we will go to public comment,
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and any member of the public that would like to comment. and seeing none, we will close public comment and we will take a roll call vote. >> avalos? >> aye. >> breed. >> aye. >> campos? >> absent. >> chiu? >> aye. >> cohen? >> absent. >> farrell. >> absent. >> kim? >> aye. >> mar? >> absent. >> tang? >> aye. >> commissioner weiner? >> aye. >> yee? >> aye. >> the item passes. >> go on to the next item. >> item three, chair's report, this is an information item. >> thank you. colleagues, the election early this month, marked two important milestones, for transportation in san francisco. first voters sent a strong supportive message about the transportation funding and policy with the passage of propositions a and b and the
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transportation bond and funding measure and with the defeat of prop l, that sought to hold back the long standing policy, the transportation joins with the san francisco transportation authority and other city agencies in thanking the voters of san francisco for supporting much-needed investment in our city's local and regional transportation system. we look forward to rolling up our sleeves to help to deliver the improvements that will support our city's visioner zero, to drive the traffic fatalities to zero and, that will support reliability and improve traffic management and in the bikes and the walking grass across the city, in order to assure, broad based benefits i have also been seeking the sfmta assurance that will apply to the equity policy and analysis to propositions a and b, programs and i am hopeful that it will be supported i have actually called for a meeting or a hearing at the board of supervisors, to cover
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that very topic. election night marked another major milestone for transportation in our city and it was 25 years ago, this november, that voters approved the first half cent tax known as proposition b and also created the transportation authority to administer the program and the local transportation sales tax that was reauthorized in three and renamed, proposition k, helps to pay for projects large and small across san francisco, speaking on behalf of my colleagues on the board, we are grateful that the voters with allowed the transportation authority to have the half cent sales tax, every dollar, helps to attract more in state and federal and local funds, all of the programs outlined in the proposition k, plan, generate the benefits city wide and the major capitol projects are all moving forward including a
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rebuild, or a rebuild of the parkway and the subway extension to china town, and the transbay transit center and cal train electrickfiation as well as the bus and networks and looking around the city and in my own district, i can see evidence of a transportation evidence work of agencies and the community, from the ongoing improvements and new generations of vehicles at the balboa park bart station, and the plan studies and the capital improvements that emerge from them. we also celebrate, 25 years of community safety and safe routes to transit and kaoul and significant problem kay support of any transit program. and i know that our executive director has some special come menive activities, planned. and the colleagues on the board in the coming months to review the many accomplishments of the transportation authority.
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we will highlight the tradition of accountability and transparency and community, involvement here at the da and celebrate improvements in all san franciscans have benefited from, and look ahead to shaping our long range transportation vision, for the city and delivering the next century of transportation improvements and for now, let me wish the transportation authority, a happy 25th birthday, and to each of you and for for our public, watching from home, have a safe and happy thanksgiving holiday. thank you, very much and that concludes my remarks. >> and if we have no comments, from colleagues, we will go on to public comment, and any member of the public that would like to comment on thit em come forward and seeing none, we will close public comment. and go on to the next item. >> item four, executive director's report, this is an information item. >> good morning, chair avalos, i am please to present my monthly report, which is on
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your desks, and thank you again, for recognizing the tremendous out comes for transportation and in the november elections together with the sfmta and all of the partners and agencies were delighted and want to echo our thanks to the residents and voters of san francisco for providing us more resources to improve transportation. and as well, we will be presenting you with really fun, and wonderful come menive activists to tell brait the 25th anniversary of the transportation authority in the next month or so. on cap and trade to lead off the report today, we are glad that the final definition of the result, for how the regulations will be developed have come out, and we saw some movement to help with how these will effect san francisco based on our advocacy and we recognize that there will be three census tracks that will qualify for so-called, disadvantaged community status, and this is or an improvement over the initial version that only identified one potential eligible census track and so
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there are three and the tender loin and the soma and the bay view hunter's points and the tracks that will qualify for that status, and the growth, council really stressed the guidelines for the affordable housing sustain able grant programs. and here, we still have more work to do and we are trying to shape those together with other city and regional agencies we are working very closely with the mayor's office and abag and atc and management agencies, to insure that this is a program that can be smoothly implemented and administratively not too difficult to try to combine the formal housing with transportation programs, to meet the state's greenhouse gas emissions targets. the hopeful sign is that they have delayed a meeting to consider the guidelines, to revise those, in response to the public input, and so that that meeting will happen in january, and we will be able to report back next year to see how that shakes out. the other state wide issue and
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regional issue that we have been working hard on is the cal train electrickfiation program and there is progress and we want to appreciate chair kim who heads the transbay and the joint power board meetings as well as the land use committee of the board of supervisors will be holding hears on this toing. and the program, at the top priority for us as well as for many of the partners in the region and there is a critical, assessment choice before the jpb on the vehicle selection it replace the current fleet with the electric vehicles, and here we want to be sure that the future fleet will be compatible with the high speed rail, operation and the platform or the vehicle high is the key issue and cal train and high speed have become engaged and working closely and we are seeing the hopeful signs and we are hoping that that does lead to a truly operatable system with the shared platform and
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vehicle, height, to enable reliable operations of both systems. also consider approval for the cal train system and we will see it in december, at the board of supervisors and the transportation plans and programs committee, moving on transbay, transit center celebrated an above ground milestone to first deal that was put in place and i was pleased to join the celebration this month to celebrate the progress being made on that project and in addition, the focus on the future conference happened, which is the annual meeting of the sales tax county, and the projects like transbay, a major capitol projects that the voters are improving and helping us to implement those up and down the state. and those are hosted in santa clara and linking
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transportation through the future through technology and on the new way and innovative ways of managing the system, including the development of the managed lanes on the freeway network. we did hear from secretary, brian kelley and the members of the california department of transportation as well as many other panelists to talk about the different ways that the counties and cities are delivering projects and engaging the public to insure the public ininvolvement early on and the major infrastructure plans such as high speed rail and it was a great country to exchange information on what the other counties are doing and thinking of for 2016, several other counties have expressed the likelihood that they will go forward with the revenue measures in the bay area as well as agencies such as bart and hope and working closely with stay coordinated with them as the plans take shape. >> and at the local level, the move to the vision zero program and i will note that we do have
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a december, 22th maoegt of the committee schedule, and we will be of course, hearing from the agencies involved. and in addition i wanted to invite, commissioners kim and yee would not saying a few words, they joined the delegation of san francisco planners and policy makers in new york city for a first ever, vision zero symp osium, with a member of the staff, would that be possible to go ahead and ask for the commissioner to report out just a little bit here or should we callite item. >> maybe we will do it after the report. >> they have already approached me. >> we will come back to that and i heard from many people that it was very successful and it the first ever gathering of the national level of all of
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the folks that are focus on this challenge that is being faced by many cities and san francisco, has definitely shown, i think some leadership, and we had a very good meeting, in the... excuse me, last week, organized by sfmta and our agency to update the community on progress made to look at the water front transportation issues and you will recall that this first came to the program, via the warriors potential move to the initial site and now they are at the newer site, the work has taken shape in a different manner and taking more of an area wide approach to the cumulative needs in the area, and commissioner weiner asked us to look at particularly the transit reliability issues and kim asked us to look at the district wide issues, that might also warrant attention. and all of the work that is
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being identified and the potential projects will flow into things that we have a core capacity project and transit core capacity project and things that will improve the liability and the capacity, in all three of the systems bart and cal train, and muni of course, and in addition, the transit service, across the bay bridge is a very strong focus of the work. and we are aus looking at safety and freeway management and ways to get more out of the system that we have already. >> freeway corridor is a new initiative that will focus on the 101 and the 280 freeways and the bay bridge and looking at new ways to provide new information to travelers and to provide for a car pool lane and the car pool facility that will coordinate with the plans, and santa clara and provide for a better balance, between and the management of the travel between the freeways network
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and the arterial network that parallels the 101 and 208 facility and that work is happening right now through a visioning study and that will be bringing forward to the plans and programs committee as well. >> there are a number of plans that are in the report, beginning the 19th avenue, m-line, project and we are supporting this work. the good news here is that cal transhas vetted the process and indicate that had there is no real fatal flaws that they have identified and it looks like the concepts are generally workable and it will take the time to rev through the designs and come up with a more specific list of improvements and phasing in particular, for this very large, and ambition project that is seeking to redesign, 19th avenue and the mline service to be more reliable and safer. the neighborhood, transportation center has been making great progress and what is nice to see that the neighbors there took a site
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visit to see what the improvements over there look like, and to try and learn from that experience. there are temporary traffic calming and improvements associated with that triangle area, and the park lit, that is there, now, which will turn into a permanent improvement. and with the support of prop k and other funds and, so this project provided as we say a example of what the safety and the space improvements are possible and i think that the neighbors were very excited to learn from that experience. the geneva bus rapid project has been concluding a big round of out reach and community workshops and i attended one and this is the corridor traversing san francisco and daily city as well as multiple different ways that we are
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trying to address the safety and reliable issues and there is a need for a rapid transit route for the transand muni buses and also a need for bus routes and connectivity and we continue to work with the city and the city of brisbain and we want to address the issues and the concerns of the little hollywood, and the visitation valley area who are looking to see if we might be able to explore the different ways to work with the neighbors to the south and the rocology site to find the optimum bruding through the area. >> on the brt, the bus, ra pit transit project, we want to congratulate the board for approving legislation, for that project, and last week, the legislation dedicated the bus only lanes on van ness avenue and consolidated several bus stops and it adds to the term and reconfigures the parking to support the project and we
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always appreciate the great staff works that leads to a smooth out come and a smooth approval process and i want to recognize the sfmta out reach team, led by candice and her team, and the work of the two agencies to insure that there was a strong notification and understanding of the changes. and it was great to see it come. >> and it will reach the 65 percent, design milestone by the end of the year and it is on track to begin the construction in 2015, with revenue service, a couple of years later. on the prop k, i want to thank the board for adopting the guidelines for the planning program, and last year, just highlight that we did allocate funds to begin the western addition, community based transportation plan in 65 and sfmta will be leading that work
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with support from our office and we will be working with commissioner mar's office for a planning project for district one which will focus on bike and safety and improvements and several, north and south streets, and i appreciate working with the staff and commissioner mar on that and we are working with commissioner avalos's office and kim's office for the proposals and so i think that will bring us for five or six, in this year. and that will be followed by more district studies and planning efforts next year. finally, the san francisco, on the planning side of the san francisco transportation plan has been kicking off and we have been coordinating with the local agencies and the regional agencies weaving together a lot of the studies that i was just mentioning and the muni rail and the planning and water front work and the freeway management study, and these will all come together, to a mini update of the san
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francisco transportation plan that we just did last december and most of that plan will still, service very well as we move into the regional planning through the regional transportation plan and we do want to take up the new and emerging issue and priorities that are identified through the recent studies. and so finally, let's see on the project delivery side, and it is moving forward and projecting well and the ramp is demolished and this is off of i-80 and coming into the city and there is a minor traffic change and so we will keep the folks posted on the website there and on the 6th street i was pleased to celebrate the addition of a new signal with commissioner kim and the mayor and prop k and all of you are city resource haves been focused on sixth street to improve the safety in that corridor and it is nice to see the process result in the important, mid crossing and signal improvements in that area, in addition, the prop aa,
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funds are improving in the sections across the city and we will share that on my street, sf.com and for those interested, check that out and then the glen park plan, transportation improvements are beginning transportation this month and both again park and balboa are now seeing, i think that finally the construction happening after many years of planning and design and community involvement. and my very last, mention here will be a big thank you, to fong and her team, and we conducted an audit and that was a big achievement in the last month or so, even as the team was implementing and watching our enterprise resource project, erp system and a big financial accounting system that she has also been leading so thank you for that, and if you would endudge me, i want to recognize erika and she moving to another position in the
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finance and admin group, and she will be working on the management analyst, working on contracts and a bunch of other really great things. and steve has accepted the position of clerk and we want to thank him for serving the authority in this way. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, i know, supervisors or commissioners kim and yee are going to talk about their experience in new york with vision zero, but i wanted to say that i visited austin texas and an incredibly green city in a very red state and in austin, it was for the national league of cities, congress of cities, conference and expocysing and we were looking at bikes and at the have surpassed san francisco in size, they are the 11th and we
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are the 14th and the rapid growth of the tech sector and the culture and the entertainment sectors are impressive and there is a lot of similarities with the growing divides of haves and have nots like our city and a booming economy with the cranes and all over the place, and similar to the look of san francisco and the key parts of our city. and i wanted to say that i did a, over two hour bike infrastructure tour on bike, looking at probably about 7 miles of their nature bike plan improvements. and the bike bridges over water areas. bike and hiking trails, but it was pretty impressive what their department of public works and department of transportation, i wanted to thank, katherine greger who i had the time to meet with who is the complete street manager and coordinated us sharing the road workshop with a lot of other city council people from the other cities and i also wanted to add that they have a
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brand new cycle program that was good for me to compare with san francisco's, i know that bcycle has denver, and about 26 other cities, with bike sharing programs. i rode the b cycle from the soko area, and which was south of the downtown, and it was very easy to get into the convention center and the downtown area, but it really efficient bike sharing program with about 1,000 bikes there in that one city. also, there is 40 stations or actually there is now way more than 40 stations in the bike sharing program and i know a lot of bicycling and the yellow bike project in portland and austin and others, and inspired, the san francisco yellow bike project and i wanted to add that the city council is going through a major change with the district elections coming seen and changing from an ad large system to the districts and a major east, west, divide between more conservative voters on the west side, verses
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more liberal and progressive voters on the east side but it is a changing city, and i also wanted to add that their brt system that i was able to observe, and experience they have this challenges since they start thised year with a brt and it is good for me to see a system that is not a pure brt system and criticized by some purists but really a, and i think that they spent about 47 million dollars on it and really good bang for the buck i believe and they are trying to market it better to get more of the younger work theirs have been moving into the city to ride it more and i know that that is a marketing challenge for them. and i also just wanted to add that austin is also, the flag ship or the birth place of whole foods and i visited their pretty amazing flag ship store and the draft house that will be opening soon in the mission district and the theater
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restaurant, and the tap beer but it is an impressive business and probably challenging with robert redford subdance type of chains but we will see that in san francisco, soon. and lastly, i think that it is the rapid growth of austin and the rapid growth of san francisco, to made me think of a lot of the challenges in austin that we face here that i really enjoyed the trip and thank the national league of cities for a conference that opened my eyes for a lot of amazing things that happened there and making any appreciate san francisco as well. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner mar, and commissioner yee? >> commissioner kim? >> we did attend it in new york
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city hosted by the transportation alternative last week, two weeks ago. and it was actually really great to hear what our counter parts in new york city and sweden have been doing to implement the vision zero in their country, or their city. and i also, we got a chance to learn a lot about the advocacy groups that exist in new york city as well. and i know that some of the colleagues that were already very familiar with the transportation alternatives and families for safe streets but it was my first opportunity to actually see what the advocates do on the ground to really push, new york city's policies moving forward. and also the incredible network and those who have lost the members of the family to
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vehicle collision and how powerful their testimony was both this vision, forward. and just want to recognize that we had a large con ent and we had commaederer from sfpd and we had several including john knox white, and megan wier, also presented and we had members of the pedestrian, safety, advisory committee, and bike coalition and walk sf and china town, and senior disability, action and central city, sro collaborativive. and just a couple of take aways that i had and i know that norman is going to share some of his i was impressed by their work on the city drivers in particular and both are the large vehicles, but any city employee that drives in new
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york city. and it is something that i think that san francisco should model itself after and use some of their curriculum, and they have the tracking devices on all of the vehicles and the tracking devices, which will track how hard they accelerate and whether they are wearing seat belt and a number of things and the driver, education course is definitely, a whole other level and with mta which is a separate agency from the city, they have now made it their policy that it does not matter whose fault it is, that the driver should always be driving defensely, and i think that those shifts will impact the ability to achieve vision zero and we got
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to hear from one of the chiefs in sweden and he talked about how they were able to cut the number of deaths in half by 50 percent and actually have the speed limit has been key to that and what they have been able to do to enforce the speed limit is what they, and what they don't call them speed cameras they call them safety cameras. and they have been able to implement that throughout the country and it is effective in lowering the speeds and therefore, reducing the we have a lot of work to do, but we are far behind and unfortunately the countris in asia and europe but we are doing well in the u.s. but we have a lot more work to do and we are able to learn and share

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